Checkpoint: Week1

Check point: Visual Literacy

In Howling Wolf’s the drawing he essentially shows of the “Medicine Lodge Creek”.   In John Taylor’s drawing, the omission of women is apparent, whereas Wolf’s drawing is dominated by native women. There was an artistic bias, so I suppose it was conscious in Taylor’s drawing to leave the women out. In fact, almost all of the figures in Wolf's drawing were of women. They are depicted in great detail, with their backs to the viewer and their attention was focused to the signing. Their hair was braided with red paint in the part of their culture. A Plains warrior paints a woman's hair ceremoniously to display his commitment to his lifelong partner. In Howling’s drawing, he did not draw the Plains in a pictographic fashion. The native women in Howling’s drawing are full bodied, if they are not completely modeled. In Howling’s drawing he carefully outlined the figures in ink. He also added a lot of real life cultural particulars to this drawing by identifying himself and others through embellishment and beautification.

  When considering how the White artist overlooked the women that were present at the treaty signing, knowing that the women in the Plains society had an important role.   In this painting the women sat with their backs against the audience and the women would be in ceremonial garments. The whites probably didn’t want to draw attention to the magnitude of agreement signing, because the treaty was requiring the Plain tribes to have their children go to school to learn how to speak English. The treaty restricted the movement of the tribes and their traditions the tribes were use to would be no more.